Unfortunately, Atlanta Hawks big man Pero Antic will not be able to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend due to a recent stress fracture injury.
Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee will replace Antic in the event.
— NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 7, 2014
We wrote earlier today, along with the news that Antic was picked by Team Hill for the event, that there was a good chance the Hawks’ 31-year-old rookie wouldn’t be fully healthy in time for the game:
It will be interesting to see if Antic is available to play in the game as he is currently in a walking boot because of a stress fracture in his ankle. When he got injured, the timetable for his return was said to be between 2-4 weeks. The injury occurred two weeks ago. Next week during the All-Star festivities will only be the three-week mark since Antic was put on the shelf. If he’s not healthy enough to play, it’s likely another player will take his place.
There was updated news on Antic’s status this afternoon by Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC when he reported Antic was no longer in a walking boot, but it was still unclear how long the big man would be out and if he would play in the Rising Stars game.
Now it’s certain Antic won’t participate.